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Archeologists find two column bases of Great Synagogue of Vilnius

Monday, July 15, 2019

Archeologist have found the bases of two columns of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, Vilnius Municipality announced on Friday. The columns are part of the bimah – a raised central platform for Torah readings. People will be able to see the new discoveries on Wednesday. “We have discovered one of the holiest parts of the building. These columns would be 9 meters high in the past. The unveiled place is…

Lithuanian president to meet with Mission Siberia team

Monday, July 15, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is meeting with the Mission Siberia team on Monday. This continues the tradition, set up by former President Dalia Grybauskaite, of annual meetings with participants of the mission before the start of each expedition, Aistis Zabarauskas, the president’s spokesman, told BNS. “We just continue the tradition”, he said. This year’s ten-day expedition is set to begin on July 17. Just as last year, the participants of…

Unity and prosperity of the EU is in the United States’ interest – Karins

Monday, July 15, 2019

The European Union is not a competitor to the United States, and the prosperity and unity of the EU helps the United States, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, according to the Atlantic Council’s website. Karins said he was in Washington specifically to attract interest in the Latvian economy. “I want stronger Latvian-U.S. relationships through increased trade,” he said. “I am looking…

Reform and EKRE donations down in Q2 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Incomes for three of the five elected political parties in Estonia, plus one party which is not represented at the Riigikogu, for the second quarter of 2019, have been made available by Baltic News Service. Party donations dropped for two parties, Reform and the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), most likely due to the post-election effect. Reform According to data from the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK), opposition…

Estonian businessman Ossinovski donates to son’s Social Democratic party

Friday, July 12, 2019

Estonian businessman mired in corruption scandals Olegs Ossinovski has donated EUR 25 000 to Estonia’s Social Democratic Party when his son Jevgeni Ossinovski was the party’s chair, as reported by Estonian public media ERR. When Ossinovski because charged with bribery in the 2015 criminal case against then the head of Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis, Ossinovski Jr. denied receiving any donations to the part from his father, adding that the party would be cutting ties with…

Court to put Center Party on probation

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Center Party being put on probation is part of a deal agreed with the prosecution after the government coalition’s senior party a few weeks ago admitted the acceptance of forbidden donations, Postimees has learned.  The party’s secretary general Mihhail Korb has said that the party will get a fine of 25,000 euros as punishment. The fine, just like a second part of the deal that the party has not…

Broka claims corruption does not have a place in her life

Friday, July 12, 2019

The now-suspended University of Latvia vice-rector Baiba Broka, who was also voted to the Riga City Council from the National Alliance’s ticket, says that she will cooperate with the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) in the corruption case against her. She also plans to call a press conference tomorrow, where she intends to answer questions from members of the press, she posted on her Facebook profile. Broka also said that she…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Corruption watchdog officer interviewed LU vice-rector following some person’s request

Thursday, July 11, 2019

University of Latvia vice-rector and Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka, who was detained on Monday, 8 July, and then subsequently released from custody is fully prepared to cooperate with Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in the investigation of the criminal case regarding the EUR 20 000 bribe. The suspended vice-rector added that she is also prepared to provide answers to journalists, because she believes corruption has no place…

Estonian PM in Georgia for Eastern Partnership 10th anniversary conference

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is in Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday to attend an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EP). The conference, held in the city of Batumi on Thursday and Friday, will be attended by delegates from several European Union member states and Eastern Partnership nations, including eight ministers of foreign affairs, spokespeople for the Georgian Foreign Ministry told journalists on…